2 civilians, 4 troopers hurt as NPA hits Surigao Sur evacuation

BUTUAN CITY – Two civilians and four government troopers were hurt when communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels attacked a preemptive evacuation conducted by government troops in Barangay Cancavan, Carmen, Surigao del Sur at around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office (SDSPPO) Director, Col. Joseph Boquiren, told the Philippine News Agency Thursday that the two civilians and the four Army personnel are now in stable condition after medical treatment at the Madrid District Hospital.

“The troopers of 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB) were part of the preemptive evacuation team dispatched in the area to secure the residents from the possible impacts of Typhoon Odette,” Boquiren said.

An encounter immediately ensued as the 36IB troopers manage to position themselves to defend the other civilians in the area, he added.

Police personnel from Madrid also provided support to the troopers by setting up checkpoints, he pointed out.

“The undetermined number of attackers belonged to Guerrilla Front 30 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee of the NPA and was led by Alias Megan,” Boquiren said.

Despite the incident, Boquiren emphasized that the SDSPPO and the different stations and police units in the area will continue to provide support to the ongoing evacuations due to Typhoon Odette.

“Our priority now is to provide support to evacuations and rescue operations. Our manpower and resources are on standby and ready to respond in emergency calls,” Boquiren said. 

Source: https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1162925

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